The body that creates budget estimates for elementary and secondary education in Louisiana has decided against announcing an average teacher salary in the state, according to this article by Gannett reporter Mike Hasten.
A consultant hired by the Education Estimating Conference "guesstimated" that the average Louisiana teacher's salary would rise by 0.7% this year to $49,238. Muted coughs and muffled laughter greeted the figure - many Louisiana teachers, especially in poor, rural school systems, may never see a paycheck that high.
LFT President Steve Monaghan agreed with the conference's decision. "Why adopt figures that mean nothing?" he asked.